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Mechanical Manufacturing Operations

Course Code: PG07

Level: 3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: EAL
Qualification: Diploma, NVQ
Course type: Part-time
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Various days and times

About the course

This NVQ Diploma is aimed at anyone employed in production engineering who wants to gain higher level technical skills in mechanical manufacturing operations. There are options to suit a wide range of specialities and skills levels. This level of qualification is essential for people starting out in a career in engineering and advanced manufacturing and can be undertaken within an Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeship.

What you'll learn

You can choose an area to specialise in that suits the job you do and the skills you’ve developed.

Subjects include:

  • machine operating
  • production assembly
  • machine tool setting
  • fitting and assembly
  • composite manufacture/polymer engineering.

You will learn in the work environment. Assessment will also take place in the workplace.

Entry requirements

You will need to be working in a production engineering environment and have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge. You work with minimum supervision and have a good record of safety, fault correction and ensuring work meets the required standard. Also, you should ideally hold a level 2 qualification in mechanical manufacturing operations.


To gain this qualification you must complete three mandatory units, plus a selection of optional units. Optional units include:

  • machining components using milling machines
  • setting CNC turning machines for production
  • producing components by manual machining.

All units are assessed in the workplace.

What's next?

Achieving these qualifications could help you progress in a number of engineering roles, including;

  • CNC machinist
  • mechanical engineering technician
  • production engineer
  • manufacturing production planner.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: PG07

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £1650

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 A
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.